A PUB closed after being visited by customers who have “been in contact with coronavirus”.

The Railway in London Road, East Grinstead, took the decision to shut on Wednesday.

In a message to customers posted on social media on Wednesday, a representative for the pub said: “We have been advised that a customer or two who visited our premises on Friday, August 28, has been in contact with coronavirus.

“We haven’t been contacted by track and trace, NHS or anyone official to do with the virus.

“We are closed from now and tomorrow and have a professional company sanitising the whole pub for extra safety measures.”

Pub bosses advised anyone who is experiencing symptoms to contact their nearest testing site.

Patrons praised the pub for taking this safety precaution. One said: “Thank you for acting responsibly, it saves lives.”

The Railway reopened at 5pm on Thursday with a new track and trace system in place.

A QR code at the door must be scanned with a smartphone by customers, allowing them to check in to the venue online.

Those without smartphones are now being asked to check in using the pub’s sign-in boards.

One person from each group visiting the site is required to do this.

The pub has also been deep-cleaned and sanitised, with all staff having been tested for Covid-19.

Only staff who have tested negative will be serving customers, with other employees not returning to work until they have received their negative results.